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Jazzlife Alliance announces opportunities for gifted young musicians

Monday 14th September 2020 at 12pm 0 Comments

Jazz Musician David Lyttle with fellow musicians Image: Jazz Musician David Lyttle with fellow musicians

Not-for-profit Northern Irish arts organisation Jazzlife Alliance has announced its third wave of opportunities for exceptional young musicians.In this edition it will select a young jazz musician aged 14-24, either early professional or showing strong potential in jazz, and a gifted young music creator again aged 14-24 wishing to broaden their skills.

Both will work with artistic director David Lyttle, a MOBO and Urban Music Award nominated artist who has been performing worldwide for ten years. He has collaborated with some of the arts world's most iconic artists, including jazz legends Joe Lovano and Kurt Rosenwinkel, hip hop stars Talib Kweli and Soweto Kinch, and, recently, film star Liam Neeson, in a much-publicised spoken-word/music collaboration honouring Van Morrison, who he has also worked with.

Previous winners of Jazzlife Alliance awards have toured with David, received mentorship from their heroes and taken part in innovative masterclasses with globally respected artists. Twin brothers Micheal and Conor Murray, described by the Independent as “Irish jazz stars on the rise”, first met David at the age of 15 and became Jazzlife's first young musician award winners in 2018. They now regularly perform with David, joining him in Morocco, Poland, Austria, Belgium and Bulgaria in the coming months, and run their acclaimed Falcarragh Winter Jazz Festival in Donegal each December.

“Jazzlife Alliance allows me to maintain close ties to Northern Ireland and be part of the next generation's development. In the recent years I have got to work with some exceptional talent and watched a healthy jazz scene begin to grow from almost nothing. But these are tough times for the arts and support is essential, not just in jazz. We are very grateful to the Arts Council for its continued support of our work.”

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added,

“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is committed to providing valuable, meaningful opportunities for young people to develop their musical careers.  We are delighted to support these important new initiatives from Jazzlife Alliance which offer young people the opportunity to be mentored by some of the finest jazz musicians working in Northern Ireland as well as developing new audiences for jazz – terrific! “

Applications are now open and will close on 25th September. For more information email info@jazzlifealliance.org

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